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HAPPY JULY!



Hello ARSS Family! We want to welcome our new members from our Facebook and Instagram. We appreciate you joining our ARSS community!


Welcome to summer……It’s our Birth Month – Happy Birth Month to US!! We are celebrating our one year Anniversary!! We are very excited to be celebrating with you and hope you will visit our latest blog recapping this whole year in review! Click here to visit the blog.


We are reaching out to you our community to help us keep our “Best Genes You’ll Ever Wear” program going. For our Birth – Day, we are giving away TWO AncestryDNA Kits. In order to keep our shelves full of DNA kits, we need your help. One of our many goals is to pay it forward and so far we have been able to do that with the kind gifts of some of our recent finds with our “Best Genes You’ll Ever Wear” program! Please include Adoption Reunion Search & Support in your own “pay it forward” gifting. We truly appreciate it!! Don't forget to enter our birthday DNA Kit Giveaway on Facebook! On July 19th we will announce TWO winners. So don't delay, enter today for your chance!


SHOUT OUT

While a lot of you bake during this summer months, why don’t you stay inside in your cool homes, or at the beaches, lakes or even a pool, and read a book! To continue with our Summer Suggested Reading we have for you:


Betty Jean Lifton’s “Journey of the Adopted Self”. This book is one of the first books I ever read on adoption. It’s like an adoption Bible. Being an adoptee myself, I wanted to see what was out there. Betty Jean Lifton takes us on a journey of ourselves. To understand us, to explore us, so that one day we can be “whole”. We all know we are on a journey, a journey to find our authentic self. Betty Jean Lifton takes you there. “Primal Wound”, by Nancy Newton Verrier, is another classic. In her book, the author relates to a child’s consequences of adoption from the separation from their first mother through their adulthood. She talks about attachment bonding and effects of loss. Our primal wound.

We want to congratulate Patty, Lisa, Patricia, Alison, Ian, and Tracey on their recent finds! Let’s keep this green wave going. Happy Summer everyone!!!


We hope you will read our monthly news, and come back often to our website, Facebook page, and Instagram.

-Cathy Thompson, ARSS Founder

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Interested in Sharing Your Story?


We welcome anyone who would like to share their own story of adoption, through your own words. Please let us know, and we will feature your story. Everyone’s story is important, and every story has something to offer for everyone. It is also a very cathartic way of expressing your fears, your search questions, or your approach to a new journey.

"The Perfect Genes"


Interested in helping a fellow adoptee on their DNA journey? Click here to help give them "the best pair of genes" they'll ever wear.

NEWS & UPDATES

*REMINDER* Arkansas New Law. A new law in Arkansas significantly changes how an adult adoptee may request and obtain an original birth certificate. The new law allows an adoptee who is at least 21 years of age to request his or her adoption file, which is defined to mean a Department of Health file containing the adoptee’s OBC. A request, however, is subject to reduction by a birth parent, who has a right to file a redaction request at any time. A birth parent may also file a separate contact preference form at any time. The law is not yet in effect, and requests for an adoption file may not be made until August 1, 2018. Forms and information about the new law are now available on the Arkansas Department of Health website: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/adoption-file-requests Don’t let our government change their minds!!! Get ‘er done!!! Indiana- Because of a change in state law, any Indiana resident adopted before January 1, 1994, will be able to request access to their birth records as of July 1. Those records were automatically closed unless a birth parent asked for them to remain open. If you were placed for adoption prior to January 1, 1994, and would like access to your adoption records, including the names and medical histories of your birth parents, please visit the ISDH website and fill out the Identifying Consent Form. The form must be submitted to the ISDH with a copy of a government-issued photo ID. The form and your photo ID can be scanned and emailed to the department at VRAdoptionRegistry@isdh.in.gov. Or you can print out the paperwork and mail it to the ISDH at Indiana State Department of Health, ATTN: Indiana Matching Registry – Vital Records, 2 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. For more information please visit, https://www.in.gov/isdh/27862.htm. New York- We need YOUR signature! Help New York adoptees regain unrestricted access to their original birth certificate Please sign regardless of the state you reside in and share! Every adoptee should be able to access THEIR records, let's make this happen for New York ARSS Community! Click here to help!! ​

Remember to make your voice heard!!!


Interested in contacting us whether for help with your journey, a blog topic, question regarding your particular state's law, or anything at all. Don't hesitate to contact us.


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